Ford Motor Co.’s one-off aviation-themed vehicle, the Mustang AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll,” sold for $250,000 at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction, part of the 2009 AirVenture in Oshkosh.
The vehicle was purchased by Ft. Lauderdale resident Tom Gonzales.
Ford built the Mustang AV-X10 specifically for the EAA Gathering of Eagles. Proceeds from the sale will support EAA’s Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to nearly 1.3 million young people since 1992, while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.
The name Mustang AV-X10 is trademarked by Ford and symbolizes an AirVenture Xperimental project vehicle based on a 2010 Ford Mustang. The “10” designation represents the model year of the Mustang, plus the 10 millionth engine from the Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Mich.
Dubbed the “Dearborn Doll,” the AV-X10 is based on a 2010 Mustang GT with the glass roof option. Ford Racing performance modifications (supercharger, handling pack, tuned exhaust, and exhaust tips) help generate 550-horsepower from the aluminum block 4.6L 24-valve engine. The handling pack optimizes the performance experience and lowers the ride height by 1-inch.
AV-X10’s design theme includes exclusive Satin Silver exterior paint with yellow nose cone and rear wing, 19-inch Shelby GT500 wheels in liquid silver with yellow propeller tips, and white gloss accents emphasize the connection to the P-51 Mustang aircraft of World War II fame and other aircraft from this era. The “Dearborn Doll” nickname is displayed on the front quarter panels using pin-up graphics to enhance the connection to the fighter planes. The all-glass roof includes a Air Force Star and Bar graphic treatment. The aviation inspired interior includes Bader “worn” leather, military khaki-shaded, diamond tucked unique seat and door inserts.